Price also continues to be factor. In this year’s Black Duck survey, 68 percent of respondents said that open source helped improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Of course, open source is not the same as free. Vendors can still charge for the software, for particular versions of the software, for support, or for custom development work. In addition, a company might need to spend internal resources on adapting or integrating open source software. But it's no longer the leading factor. "It's about more than just cost-cutting or any of the traditional reasons to simply use open source software," says Lou Shipley, President and CEO of Black Duck. "Open source has proven its quality and security, and reached a point of widespread democratization and proliferation."